The National Communication Officer of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi has reacted to the response of Ghana Police Service to the notice of intention to organize #FixTheCountry demonstration.
For the past 72 hours, Ghanaians have taken to Twitter with the hastag “FixTheCountryNow” to register their displeasure with the hardship in the country and more importantly put pressure on government to take the necessary steps that can ease the pressure and hardship in the country.
Joshua Boye-Doe, Felicity Nelson, Efia Odo and those who brought the trend later wrote to Ghana Police Service, asking for permission to embark on a peaceful demonstration.
The police, however, responded to the letter by using Covid-19 as an excuse to prevent them from embarking on the #FixTheCountry demonstration since they (Ghana Police Service) cannot guarantee that the protesters will comply to the covid-19 protocols.
Reacting to this, Sammy Gyamfi says that, “COVID should not be used as a pretext to suppress our inalienable right to peaceful assembly. It’s about time we had a national conversation about the constitutionality of the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) and the selective application of same.”